Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their desperation, 2013, Installation with Super 16mm film transferred to video, HD, 18’. Performance: Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, Ginger Brooks Taka-hashi, William Wheeler. Photo: Andrea Thal. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix, Paris.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Silent, 2016, installation with HD projection, 7'.Video still. Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix, Paris.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Telepathic Improvisation, 2017, Installation with HD projektion, 20’. Exhibition view: Telepathic Improvisation, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, US, 16.09.17 - 08.01.2018. Foto: Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix, Paris.
ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS is Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s most comprehensive exhibition to date. Spanning the ground floor and first-floor cinema of the collection’s Berlin gallery, the show comprises four large-scale moving-image installations, stage elements, lights, and sculptural objects.
In their collaborative practice, driven by ongoing conversations about the subjects of performance and performativity, companionship, and resistance, Boudry / Lorenz excavate unrepresented moments and gestures in history, challenging accepted narratives and binary categories of identity and meaning. The moving-image works featured in the exhibition—Telepathic Improvisation (2017), Silent (2016), I Want (2015), and To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013)—all draw on musical scores, scripts, and speeches, adapted and interpreted by performers. Collectively, the artists and performers explore the works’ various political and sexual potentials, examining power relations among themselves and with the viewers.
Through their camera work, Boudry / Lorenz reflect the violent history of visualization, questioning who or what is seen and in return goes unseen or unheard. By including various stages and objects from their films in the gallery, the boundaries between the representational space of the film and the actual space of the gallery begin to dissolve. These on- and off-screen human and non-human encounters examine the limits of musical and filmic forms as protest and resistance, calling for an urgently desired future.
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will represent Switzerland at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS is part of horizontal vertigo, a year-long program at the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Düsseldorf and Berlin, curated by Lisa Long .
May 31 & June 1, 2019, 10 p.m.
Throughout the year, composer and choreographer Colin Self will present multiple performances related to his recently released album Siblings. DETAILS
ARTIST TALK Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz with Irene Revell and Lisa Long, 27 July, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at JSC Berlin.
On the occasion of their solo exhibition ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS at JSC Berlin, artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will be in conversation with curator Irene Revell and curator of the exhibition Lisa Long.
The conversation will focus on the various political threads running through their moving-image installations. The discussion will also examine Boudry / Lorenz’s use of staging both on- and off-screen, and how the exhibition works as a choreography for the viewer. In addition, the talk will feature their new work Moving Backward (2019), which is currently on view at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennial.
The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is a private collection of contemporary international art with a focus on time-based media. Founded in 2007, the private collection has its own exhibition building in Düsseldorf, with a total of 3,000 sq.m. available for public presentations.
At present, the collection boasts over 750 works by around 250 primarily European and US artists. The various substantive aspects covered by the collection are presented and documented in regular temporary exhibitions and publications. The steadily growing collection concentrates conceptually above all on the moving image in art from the 1960s to the present day and straddles various disciplines: video, single and multiple projections of analog and digital film material, multimedia environments as well as computer and Internet- based installations, but also ephemeral art forms, such as performances.
To supplement the main Düsseldorf location, since 2 June 2016 a space is open to the public in Berlin. The exhibition area covers a full 2,500 sq.m. and is to be found in Berlin’s Mitte district at Leipziger Strasse 60 – in the building complex that formerly housed the Czech Cultural Center in East Germany.
Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge of Berlin architects has masterminded the conversion of the premises into an exhibition space. By opening the satellite in Berlin, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION becomes the first private collection in Germany to have two publicly accessible locations at once - in Düsseldorf and Berlin.